Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
(KUTV) Many sick children in need of hospitalization, like Maya Armantrout, are now being cared for by pediatric hosptialists.
Just days after she was born, Maya will have surgery. Her primary care doctor admitted her to the pediatric unit at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where doctors discovered something serious – they think she has Hershbruns Disease.
While in the hospital, Maya is being seen by Pediatric Hosptialist, Dr. Matthew Steinfeldt; he’s not Maya’s primary care doctor, but he will oversee her care while she is in the hospital.
“I don’t have a clinic. I don’t see anyone outside of the hospital. But all the patients I see are sick enough to be in the hospital,” says Dr. Steinfeldt.
Pediatric hospitalists work with primary care doctors to help develop treatment plans for young patients. They are also at the hospital to answer questions and assist with emergencies.
As for little Maya, her prognosis is pretty good after surgery to treat her disease.
“I’ve been very impressed with the care they have given to Maya and have felt completely confident in what they are doing,” says her mother.
Data suggests patients under the care of hospitalists tend to have shorter stays.
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